Solidor: with Lock Lock and Ultion, we've got a practically unbeatable combination we're calling 5 Star Security.
Pilkington: Sunplus glass can assist with the LEED and BREEAM certification process towards a Net-Zero Building, and allow building developers to turn properties into power generating assets.
Swish Windows and Doors: coloured profiles are becoming an increasing popular choice for homeowners. The Impressions now has 10 stock colours.
Customade: have lunched the UK’s first aluminium textured, smooth non-woodgrain finish composite door.
Prefix Systems: have formally launched their WARMroof Hybrid solid roof solution offering an impressive U-value of just 0.6 W/(m2K).
Glazerite: is now able to provide installers with a high specification flood door.
AluFoldDirect: available for same day or next day delivery the new Technic-AL Roof Lantern kits come in three popular sizes with four colour options.
Jack Aluminium: fabricators can now use the same PAS 24-certified, multipoint locking system - on whichever type of commercial door they are making.
West Leigh: new generation energy efficient steel windows the W50 TB steel window offers narrow sight lines and a U-value as low as 1.4 W/m2K.
Deceuninck: we launched our comprehensive Heritage Window Collection at the beginning of the year and as we’ve reported recently, demand for the product has exceeded our expectations.
Bystronic, Hegla partnership: recent investment in equipment is set to further raise the corporate profile of Custom Glass.
FrameXpress: was recently contracted to supply windows and doors for an 80 bed Care Home that specialises in care for dementia sufferers. The vulnerability of the residents made the doors the ideal choice with their Secured by Design accreditation.
Yesterday, tomorrow and on
This past week has seen Edgetech celebrate its 10th Year of manufacturing in the UK. To mark the occasion Edgetech and its parent company Quanex opened its doors to its customer, friends and the media with a presentation of how it was, is and anticipated to be going forward.
There is no doubting the enthusiasm shown for the company, by its staff, management and customers, both here and in the US. This in turn is reflected in the ever-increasing demand for its products and services.
I say services deliberately as there is more to Edgetech than a supply of warmedge spacer. One thing is clear, most companies in this industry suffer with not being able to attract staff as they once did. Some of this is growth, but also there has been an expectation in the industry that there is always someone with experience to fill the gap when the time arises-the industry has a tradition of not training, and not encouraging new blood.
In part, this can also be put down to facilities and capability. Over recent years to grow companies they have had to become leaner, tighter and more efficient in their day-to-day activities. The downside of that is the creative thinking and planning for tomorrow can’t find space in the schedule.
For this evolving fast pace of development to continue, the industry has to find ways to handle its growth dilemmas, how to do the same with less or get gobbled up, fade or disappear. That's where Edgetech comes in, they have already experienced this trend in the US. In the US they fill this gap with more and more automation, something Edgetech has the experience with and its warmedge spacer lends itself to it…
Following the move in the US towards IGU automation, earlier this year we saw the first similar production line in the UK at Double R in Wellingborough. Made to measure IGU's rolling of the line every 20 seconds, with just one or two guys in attendance, says it all.
Logic from that is to compete, your IGU's need to perform, be of a consistent quality and roll off the assembly line every 20 seconds to keep pace with those around you.
Then again competing is and always has been, finding the edge, the differentiator from others.